Difficult Decisions

Because of the arrogance of about 40% of the American population, because of the greed of The 1%, because we are still arguing Scopes in America 100 years later, my life has changed radically in the last few days.

Before this week, I was nearly done with school. I had planned to use my AA to help me get a better paying job and use that money to finish my BA. We had also hoped to, next spring, move out of this area where my daughter is in danger, and, by default, so is my youngest son.

Instead, America is still in the throws of a virus the rest of the modern world has gotten under control. Our economy continues to tank despite the federal government giving lots of money to The 1% and hardly any to people who actually need it. It has given very little help to states, even though the people living in those states pay federal taxes.

As a result, the state of California is going to cut spending on community colleges—I don’t think “gutting” is too extreme a term—so my job is definitely not guaranteed. The local schools are not safe enough to reopen, though some are tentatively planning a partial reopening, so we will all continue to have to have our kids at home.

All of this combines into me needing to drop some classes in the fall. I need to be available to my kids for their schoolwork because last spring when they came home I was not, due to a full school load and work, and their grades and test scores suffered as a result.

It’s frustrating to have watched the news interview fake protesters and listen to their whine of “we just want to get back to normal.” Their demands, and those of the so-called leaders in Washington, have been met, and now those of us who did the right thing have to suffer for their arrogance and greed.

If you watch the video I linked to in the previous paragraph, you will see that the demands were not those of the people. They were back by corporate America. The polls showed that during that time, most Americans were definitely fine with staying home. But between the fake protesters and the media’s desire for sensationalism, many people were encouraged to act stupidly. Now we are all stuck, while the rest of the modern world gets to begin to move on.

Many of us rest our hopes on November. If we can only get that orange guy out of office, then we’ll be fine. But, will we? American government is pretty much a one party system. We have been given the semblance of choice, but the truth of the matter is that voting D is no different than voting R and it hasn’t been for a long time.

We keep the government we have because we are all to afraid to look at the reality. It doesn’t take much to find out who owns even our local politicians. It doesn’t take much to find out how each of our politicians votes. It’s all online. It takes nothing to obtain this information. But, of course, once we have that information we will have to make a decision. Do we let America continue to be a plutocracy? Or do we do something to change things?

From the looks of things, it appears that most of us want change. So why do so many of us continue to vote for the status quo? Why do we just click the D’s or the R’s as we move down the ballot instead of considering what we are voting for? We claim we want change, but I really don’t think we do. I think the voting majority is perfectly fine with things the way they are, no matter how much pain and suffering it causes them personally.

Nothing will change in November, nothing significant at any rate. The rich will continue to rule our country and we will continue to pretend we live in a democracy. And not many of us will consider that it has been this way for over 100 years.

“There is one thing I know on the eve of this election. I shall not be disappointed. The result will be as it should be. The people will vote for what they think they want, to the extent they think at all, and they, too, will not be disappointed…. The people can have anything they want. The trouble is they do not want anything. At least they vote that way on election day.” Eugene V Debs, Nov. 1920